[AZW] ☆ Planet of the Blind | By ↠ Stephen Kuusisto #2020


  • Title: Planet of the Blind
  • Author: Stephen Kuusisto
  • ISBN: 9780385333276
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback

  • Planet of the Blind By Stephen Kuusisto The world is a surreal pageant, writes Stephen Kuusisto Ahead of me the shapes and colors suggest the sails of Tristan s ship or an elephant s ear floating in air, though in reality it is a middle aged man in a London Fog rain coat which billows behind him in the April wind So begins Kuusisto s memoir, Planet of the Blind, a journey through the kaleidoscope geography The world is a surreal pageant, writes Stephen Kuusisto Ahead of me the shapes and colors suggest the sails of Tristan s ship or an elephant s ear floating in air, though in reality it is a middle aged man in a London Fog rain coat which billows behind him in the April wind So begins Kuusisto s memoir, Planet of the Blind, a journey through the kaleidoscope geography of the partially sighted, where everyday encounters become revelations, struggles, or simple triumphs Not fully blind, not fully sighted, the author lives in what he describes as the customs house of the blind , a midway point between vision and blindness that makes possible his unique perception of the world In this singular memoir, Kuusisto charts the years of a childhood spent behind bottle lens glasses trying to pass as a normal boy, the depression that brought him from obesity to anorexia, the struggle through high school, college, first love, and sex Ridiculed by his classmates, his parents in denial, here is the story of a man caught in a perilous world with no one to trust until a devastating accident forces him to accept his own disability and place his confidence in the one relationship that can reconnect him to the world the relationship with his guide dog, a golden Labrador retriever named Corky With Corky at his side, Kuusisto is again awakened to his abilities, his voice as a writer and his own particular place in the world around him Written with all the emotional precision of poetry, Kuusisto s evocative memoir explores the painful irony of a visually sensitive individual in love with reading, painting, and the everyday images of the natural world faced with his gradual descent into blindness Folded into his own experience is the rich folklore the phenomenon of blindness has inspired throughout history and legend.
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    Commentaires:

    Tweedledum
    A riveting read To grow up blind in a family who refuse to acknowledge the blindness or make any allowances for it seems at best bizarre and at worst hideously abusive Stephen Kuusisto tells his extra ordinary story and somehow refrains from labelling his family with either of these epithets That Stephen is now able to embrace his disability has found a new freedom through his guide dog Corky , and has a job that makes good use of all his talents makes this an inspiring and life affirming story [...]

    Rebecca
    I never understood blindness Now I m closer Plus, it s poetry.

    Sharron
    I loved this book about a man and the guide dog who helped him find his way The book isn t a sentimental love story about a man and his dog but rather a compelling story about a man whose unwilligness to acknowledge his visual limitations put him at mortal risk The author is a poet and the prose is very lyrical I read this book years ago but still think of it often and with great affection It is an amazing journey which brings him to the dog that would finally help him to see in so many ways.

    Andrew Sydlik
    This is one of the best books I ve ever read I base this simply on the fact that it is a book I ve needed to read, and I wished that I had read a long while ago a memoir by a blind man A well written, literate, sometimes funny, sometimes sad story that describes many of the same travails I ve experienced myself.But I suppose I should back up a step and say that the best thing about Kuusisto s voice here is not that he is a blind man speaking about being blind What makes this such a glorious wave [...]

    Mom
    I just finished reading Planet of the Blind for the second time, and it is absolutely amazing stunning in the beauty of the language Stephen Kuusisto was born in the 50 s, legally blind he can see flashes of color, shifting shapes by turns magical and disturbing Wishing to spare him the stigma and loneliness of being labelled handicapped, his parents taught him to deny his blindness, to try to pass as sighted So he went to public school, rode a bike, tried to read with books pressed against his [...]

    VeganMedusa
    A lovely book about a man who fought his blindness for most of his life Following his journey from I can t admit I m blind, I have to pass or no one will want to know me and finally to okay, I m blind and I need help , it s beautifully written he s a poet and a great insight into visual impairments and the coping mechanisms people develop photographic memory to memorise walking routes and books, pretending to be drunk clumsy when running into things I nearly cried when he finally gave in after m [...]

    Karen
    This is an absolutely amazing memoir of being legally blind since birth The author was raised before the advent of the Americans with Disabilities Act, by parents who didn t want to acknowledge his blindness and by a relatively unsympathetic public school system Despite those facts, he somehow madly rode his bicycle, charged through life, and achieved advanced degrees in poetry and literature Written with both wry humor and some very real pain, one can t help but be amazed by the author s tenuou [...]

    Renee
    A beautifully written and at times painfully honest memoir about the author s experience growing up legally blind with parents who did not or were not able to accept Kuusisto s limited and failing vision.Not fully blind, not fully sighted, the author lives in what he describes as the customs house of the blind , a midway point between vision and blindness that makes possible his unique perception of the world.He literally stumbled through the first couple of decades of life without a white cane, [...]

    Janet Pywell
    Stephen Kuusisto s autobiography is amazingly well written The use of his poetical language contrasts with the horror of his impossible situation taught by his parents to ignore his visual impairment It s his story as he stumbles through life often riding a bicycle, gaining degrees in poetry and literature and his bouts of anorexia and binge eating Then how his life changes when he meets Corky and you see how important that friendship becomes.

    Erin Malone
    This is an inspiring memoir about the author s blindness How he passes as a sighted person for much of his life is both amazing and torturing to consider, and finally his acceptance of himself as he is led me to think about how much we can learn from his account.

    Kevin
    Loved the poetic descriptions of a world that is felt and heard than seen Insightful.

    Maria Beltrami
    Cieco uno che non vede, ma ci sono moltissimi modi di non vedere, e il buio pu essere pieno di colori cangianti come l arcobaleno e forme come nuvole nel vento Un mondo meraviglioso ma incompatibile con la vita di ogni giorno, con lo studio, con i viaggi, con la spesa Eppure fin da piccolo Stephen cerca di vivere come un vedente, sfidando la sorte ad ogni attraversamento di strada, ad ogni viaggio, mentendo a tutti e soprattutto a se stesso, e provocandosi ferite e pene, soprattutto psicologiche [...]

    David
    I read this book to help me get a small sense of what it s like to be blind It was my after hours book down at the National Beep Baseball Association World Series, and it gave me some great stuff to chew on Kuusisto is especially smart about the patronizing attitude with which many treat the blind, and, then again, the necessary help he s received.A few baseball specific lines were especially welcome as I considered all these guys playing ball I hear wasps striking windows, and a hand mower, and [...]

    Nataliya Piletska
    A beautiful novel depicting a man s reluctance to accept his visual impairment and the struggles he faced throughout life Exceptional, both as an autobiography and a coming of age novel in its own right It s laced with stunning imagery and description that leaves you in disbelief that the author couldn t see what he wrote about and leaves you baffled that sighted people often miss the everyday beauty that he so effectively captured in words The novel has a quality that I d be tempted to call pre [...]

    Jenna
    2,5 stars.I m a little disappointed because I expected to read something very new to me and something interesting.But no This book is pretty much like every other oh, so artistic book with all its weird methaphors and poem extracts.For an autobiography this was in my opinion too dull and slow to read, which is sad because visual impairment blindness is a very interesting topic.Kuusisto is a very talented writer and I d enjoy his way of writing in any other sort of literature I would ve rated thi [...]

    Cathy
    This is an excellent memoir I have only good things to say about the way Kuusisto makes the reader experience something close to blindness with his descriptive and mood setting skills His book is thoughtful and searching, and he s endearingly honest If you are a poet or writer of any kind, you will find this book even interesting than will others who are not writers, but it s a winner either way Kuusisto is smart, and he crafts exquisite prose I now want to read his poetry as well.

    Linda Garrison
    Lyrical, insightful and deeply personal, this book is a work of art The author is brutally honest, even sharing his bouts with binge eating, then anorexia as well as trichotillomania when anxious The bond between a once fearful man who tried to keep his blindness a secret and his guide dog, Corky, is lovely.

    Bonnie Campbell
    I learned a lot about being blind, and about being Steve Kuusisto This book is so beautiful and gut wrenching REally heartbreaking, but then has a happy ending.

    Carley Blank
    I could read Kuusisto s descriptions of things for days.

    Megan Rogers
    Planet of the Blind is a brilliant written memoir of one man s experience with visual impairment His lyrical description of how he sees the world is captivating I learned so much about what it means to be ableist, without any sort of confrontation or bullying from the author I heartily recommend this to anyone interested in learning about disability and how difficult it is to navigate this world, not only as one that is unable to see well, but as one that is unable to see well that is attempting [...]

    Bruce
    This book is a memoir of the author This book is about the author s journey where he struggled with his blindness Clearly, the author is addicted to poetry and pursued this as his passion I read some poetry, though not often, there s so much in there I wonder where my literature history has gone If poetry is what you like, go for this book If not, there s a lot of references to the numerous poets and a strong use of analogies between poetry and the author s experience with blindness Food for tho [...]

    Joanna
    A wonderful memoir of growing up with severe vision impairment at a time and in a family that did little to acknowledge it and practically nothing to assist Kuusisto provides brilliant descriptions of what he sees and feels as he careens about in death defying bike riding and confidence over prudence journeys The slim book covers his transition from denial to freedom as he gradually comes to accept his vision problems and bonds with a guide dog Reading about the training with the guide dog was e [...]

    Jeffrey
    This is a beautifully written book that I would not have read except that it was chosen by a friend for our book club I am so in awe of the author s use of language Reading this book makes me feel that I could never write a book, because I could never write so beautifully My words would be dull and gray and stumble in the dark compared to the kaleidoscope of color from this almost blind author It also opened my eyes to issues of disability and how we treat the disabled no, and how I treat the di [...]

    Haley Petcher
    I should let you know that I had to speed read this book for class over my spring break, so that affected the rating Meaning, because I read it so fast, I didn t have a chance to really get an emotional feel for the book Anyway, Kuusisto is a good writer, and I do think the book is important and good to read One of my main problems with it is that it s written in present tense I m not sure why, but it bothered me Reread slowly and critically for a paper Changed rating to a four Read for grad sc [...]

    JackieB
    I could finish this Mainly due to the gruelling subject This man s parents made him grow up pretending he could see because they didn t want the stigma of having a blind child They insisted he went to a state school without any support instead of a shool which would have helped him manage his blindness His Mum even bought him a bicycle to use on the roads It s a miracle he lived to be an adult I couldn t stand to read about the daily bullying and terror he lived with due to his irresponsible par [...]

    Jasperzelf
    heel mooi Kuusisto schrijft poetisch en bloemig maar hij komt er heel goed mee weg het is ook een ontluisterend verhaal tot zijn 38ste houdt hij vol dat hij nagenoeg blind is Dus hij stapt op de fiets, maakt reizen en studeeert literatuur, allemaal met een enorme dubbele handicap hij is niet alleen blind, hij kan het ook niet toegeven.De laatste hoofdstukken over zijn blindengeleidehond zijn prachtig en leerzaam ik dacht dat ik wist hoe het werken met zo n hond werkte maar ik leerde er superveel [...]

    Selena
    Finally a book that s about someone like me, who understands acronyms like ROP retinopathy of prematurity and what it s like to have 20 200 vision Although the book delved into his school life and less about his visual impairment than I would have liked, I enjoyed this book very much and it makes me very glad to have been born at a time when things like IEPs, special education classes and so on exist.

    Any Length
    Great insight into the mind and life of a blind person Especially one who had been taught not to face his blindness but to just live as if it wasn t there Big emotional growth for him to get where he ended up Well done And a big Hurray for guide dogs They are wonderful companions and such a help and good team players Wonderful to see how much Stephen blossomed after meeting his dog Corkey.GO Corkey

    Nancy
    This book is a tour of the world seen through the eyes of a legally blind poet Kuusisto captures an idea of blindness that even sighted people understand, something deeper than just loss of sight His physical blindness suggests he can t see, but his reader begins to understand that sight is far intellectual than physical in Planet of the Blind The book is lyrical and understated and is much like visual art in the images it inspires.

    Mark
    Wow A great memoir describing, in short, lyrical The New York Times applied this adjective to this book and I agree passages one man s conversion from blindness to sight, though he never regained the use of his eyes A longer review of this book appears at cloquetriverpress.I highly recommend this for any reader who loves poetry, great memoir, good storytelling, and anyone with Finnish heritage You won t be disappointed.Mark

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